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Austria's Schallenberg sworn in as chancellor after Kurz quits Updated: 2021-10-12 07:56:24 KST

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg on Monday was sworn in as the new chancellor, after Sebastian Kurz resigned in the face of corruption allegations.
The career diplomat and a close ally of the former chancellor was sworn in by President Alexander Van der Bellen at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
During the ceremony the Austrian president expressed optimism that Schallenberg will lead the country in the midst of controversy surrounding his predecessor.

"Your experience tells you exactly how to come to the best solution in such a situation which is the best for everyone. I am convinced that those skills will prove very useful for your job as new chancellor of Austria."

Kurz who has denied allegations of corruption and bribery will remain head of his party, and become its top lawmaker in the parliament.
Opposition politicians argue that this means the former chancellor will effectively remain in charge of the country, while Schallenberg will be a figurehead.
Kurz on Saturday announced he was stepping down from his position, days after his office was raided by Austrian prosecutors investigating him and members of his team, on suspicion of bribery, corruption and breach of trust.
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